Richard Cory

Richard Cory poem

Why do you think the poem ends so abruptly with Richard Corys death? Why doesn't the poem reflect on it at all?

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The ending of the poem is an example of situational irony. Richard Corey is a man that thought he had a future. He was “clean-favored and imperially slim". He was a gentleman and he felt respected. This comes to an abrupt ending when, “one calm summer night / Went home and put a bullet through his head." This abrupt ending personifies the sudden the sense of irony and underscores the sudden end to what seemed like a promising life.